Why I blog?

After typing my last few dozen words for the day, I tweeted out advice that I follow whenever I feel as though I don’t have anything to blog about: Write. Don’t Blog.

Then, out of the blue, someone reacts to my vague tweet and gushes with short phrase describing their own blogging experience.  I am not all too sure about what the intent was and will probably never know because I really didn’t want to engage much further beyond acknowledging that I had read their reply to my tweet.

The real intent behind the tweet was to merely share a reminder of what I think blogging really is and should be: It is writing.

Some people first get into blogging thinking that it’ll give them some measure of acclaim and some level of popularity.  Some go into it thinking they’ll master the “new media” and make something of their skill.  Some people get into blogging for money and they’re not much different from those who put up websites with similar intent.  Some blog because they believe that it is actually the best way to raise awareness and build up support for a cause or an idea.  Some blog as a matter of personal expression or a personal mission.

These are all valid reasons for blogging, but sometimes these reasons get in the way of consistently writing a blog.

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Microsoft Apologizes for Amy Winehouse Download Tweet

"Tasteless beyond belief" says one about @tweetbox360's "tribute" tweet to Amy Winehouse.

The Twitter account of Microsoft’s Xbox (@tweetbox360 ) tweeted “Remember Amy Winehouse by downloading the ground-breaking ‘Back to Black’ over at Zune,” and stirred a lot of negative reactions.

"Tasteless beyond belief" says one about @tweetbox360's "tribute" tweet to Amy Winehouse.

Ranging from sarcastic advice to “stay classy” to being called a “contender for stupidest tweet of the day”, the tweet has forced Microsoft to issue an apology. “Apologies to everyone if our earlier Amy Winehouse ‘download’ tweet seemed purely commercially motivated. Far from the case, we assure you.”

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Blog Awards… Do the Best Ones Really Win?

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Joining a “Blog Award” or “Blogging Contest” can be a great way to discover other blogs, network with other bloggers, and even if you don’t win, it can enrich your own blogging experience.  This is especially so if it is a genuine contest or a search for what is the “best” blog in a category and not a corporate promotions gimmick dressed up like a blogging contest.

It is only by closely looking at the criteria and the judges that one can get a sense of whether a “blogging contest” will result in real acclaim.

Then again, if you really think about it, what kind of criteria can be devised for a literary form that is still in the process of evolving with the technology that makes it possible? [Read more…]

Social Media as Part of a Political Campaign (Part 1)


Are you thinking of using social media for an election campaign?  Think again.

It is an option worth reconsidering thoroughly because social media can bite, hard.  Probably much harder than mainstream media because of its immediacy, directness, transparency, durability, and capability to reach a fairly large, critical audience.  Moreover, social media demands a level of personal engagement that offers a set of unique difficulties as well as opportunities that candidates may find hard to harness positively.

The fact is, these are the very same qualities that make social media tick and without these qualities, the effect of using social media for an electoral campaign may not only be marginal but may also compete with other media being used in the electoral campaign.

After considering all of this once over and then again, if you’re still convinced that you need this, there are a number of ways to go about preparing to engage in social media.

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Five Tips for Creating Fresh Blog Content Fast. Every Day

Blogs benefit immensely from being constantly updated, and yet it’s also one of the more difficult things to do with a fair amount of consistency.

If you are working on your own personal blog as a means of creative expression or just chronicling your own experiences, you’ll find yourself blogging on and off — depending on the ebbs and tides of your life.  That is perfectly fine and understandable because it is virtually impossible to have a life where things are happening all the time and still be able to write 35o words about it.

But if you are blogging professionally, clients will appreciate a fair amount of regularity and coherence within a framework of targeted results that lead to the achievement of  a goal or goals.   Clients will appreciate a well thought out plan and the accomplishment of work that is consistent with the plan.

Sure, it sounds like work and it IS work, but having a plan and working according to plan can actually minimize the time you spend working and maximize productive offline time — which is, really, everything that happens outside the frame of your computer screen.  Moreover, working according to a plan can enable you to have more fun while doing work.

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Writing Blog Posts and Web Pages for a Breakthrough to Meaningful Traffic

Building up traffic for a new blog or website can be a slow and difficult process if you are doing it by yourself with little or no guidance from experts.

After attending all the seminar-workshops and reading all the books there are to read, it can still pretty much be a game where you either hit-or-miss.  However, staking your company’s reputation in a social media campaign can mean investing substantially in a hit that delivers marginal results or misses that diminish your reputation.  Either way, it could be a costly experience that makes some people turn their back on social media and never look back again.

But if you are an entrepreneur who has decided on  planning and implementing a social media campaign for your company without hiring experts, there are a number of ways of finding a shorter route to maximizing your hits while ensuring you don’t hammered by painful misses.

Carefully crafted blog posts or web pages promoted in the right way could shave off weeks or months from a promotion plan and enable you to reach a milestone much quicker.

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Larry Page on Google+: Now 10 million strong

Larry Page   Google+ Now 10 million

In a Google+ account, Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page announce one key statistic: Google+ has reached 10 million registered users.

Google CEO Larry Page announces key stat: Google+ now at 10 million registered users

In the Google+ account, Page says: “Google+ is still only in field trial with limited access as we scale the system. Users have to be invited, sign up with a profile in order to use it.  However, the growth on Google+ has been great–and I’m excited to release some new metrics for you today: Over 10M people have joined Google+. There’s also a ton of activity.  We are seeing over 1 billion items shared and received in a single day.

Page also released more key statistics that indicate what could be a surge that reaches throughout the organization.

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Curing the Pitfalls of Speed Blogging

Anyone can come up with a 350 word post on any topic in 15 minutes or less.  But then again, that 350 word post can be 340 words too long or 350 words too short.   Really, just like gifts, it’s the thought and skill that goes into the post that really matters.

Often, well written posts with substantial content will outperform posts that have been written hastily just in order to secure the claim of being the first to break a story.  There may be a premium for being the first to post, but long term rewards go to those who post articles that skillfully convey a story in a manner that will be useful to a lot of people.

There is a way to balance currency and immediacy with craftsmanship and quality content that will give an article enduring relevance and contribute to building up traffic for a blog long after the posting date.

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Google+ to hit 20 Million by weekend

Google+ (Plus) may already hit 10 million registered users and is expected to hit 20 million users by this weekend.  But it’s still a long way off from Facebook’s 750 million registered users.

If Google were just counting on its estimated Gmail subscriber base, it won’t catch up with Facebook at all.  But perhaps the bigger source of sign-ups will come from people who use Google search where people all over the world key in more than one billion searches a week.

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